It used to be that defenses won championships in the NFL. While the league has shifted to a more offense-friendly league, a talented defense is still extremely important to a deep run in the playoffs.
Both participating teams of last year's Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, had two of the best defenses in the league. Even though guys like Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco became the headline players, it was the defenses that made such a huge impact in getting those teams to the Super Bowl.
Today we're going to identify every NFL team's base defense. This is the defense that they would use most commonly throughout a game and season.
However, if a team throws in different looks or uses a hybrid-style defense, this will be discussed for each individual team.
We'll also break down what makes each defense successful or causes them to struggle. Hopefully, by the time you're done reading, you'll have a great understanding of the base defenses and key players of every defense in the NFL.